Games & Gadgets

Apple’s iPod Classic Refuses to Die

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A funny thing happened to the iPod Classic on its way to the dustbin of history: people seemed unwilling to actually give it up. Apple quietly removed the iPod Classic from its online storefront in early September, on the same day CEO Tim Cook revealed the latest iPhones and the upcoming Apple Watch. At 12 years old, the device was ancient by technology-industry standards, but its design was iconic, and a subset of diehard music fans seemed to appreciate its… continue…

Our 2014 Gift Guide Is the Geekiest

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Happy Chrismakwanzikkah, a very irritating Festivas and a good winter solstice to you! To help you people of Earth celebrate the season, we’ve yet again put together a random guide to the kinds of gifts you want (but might be too afraid to ask for). Humans at Work Han Solo Carbonite Business Card Case $19.99 How can you garner the respect of your peers without proof of your nefarious, dark gifts? This solid block of “carbonite” that holds a miniaturized Han… continue…

How Many iWatches Will Apple Actually Sell?

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If you believe the ever-churning rumor mill, Apple will unveil its long-awaited “iWatch” in late 2014. But how many units will the “smartwatch” actually sell? According to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, Apple could rack up sales of 30 million to 60 million units within the iWatch’s first 12 months of release. How does she arrive at that astronomical figure, especially considering that no “smartwatch” currently on the market has proven a breakaway hit? “Brand loyalty” to Apple, Huberty wrote,… continue…

Take a Look at Apple’s ‘80s iPhone

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Apple has always placed enormous emphasis on good design. “It’s not just about aesthetics,” Jony Ive, the company’s design guru, told The Sunday Times earlier this year. “They care about things that are thoughtfully conceived and well made.” That’s why, for every iPad or Mac unveiled to the public, another dozen products might never make it out of Apple’s labs: something just wasn’t quite right, or executives thought the market wasn’t ready. Despite their abandonment, many of those discards offer… continue…

The Dice News 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

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“Holiday gifts for your guy,” “holiday gifts for your girl…” We’re throwing out those old tropes and offering a gift guide for the tech-centric. We’re also eschewing seriousness and good taste. So whether you’re fulfilling Secret Santa obligations, finding gifts for those relatives you usually don’t shop for, or just giving into a whim, hang loose and keep smiling. Your lowest common denominator desires are just a click away. Sartorial Statements Inflatable Beard $3.95 Not everyone has the genetics to… continue…

SteamOS Could Be Great for Linux, Costly for Microsoft

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With the wraps off SteamOS, the real reason why Valve has not so quietly been promoting Linux game development recently might have come out of the bag. The new operating system, which is Linux-based, is primarily geared toward entertainment. Not just games mind you – it’s for television, movies and music as well. We’ve known for some time that Valve’s been working on a console of sorts, but the money was on it being a small form-factor PC, so the… continue…

Arduino Programming With a Transformer Prime Tablet

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The Arduino is a popular micro-controller platform that do-it-yourselfers use in all kinds of portable, embedded projects. I’ve used them for a few years and have always sought ways to make them more versatile and easier to use. Sadly, it’s a pain to lug around a notebook to program the darned things. Life may have just become more pleasant. ArduinoDroid lets you program the Arduino using a Transformer Prime tablet. The program has been out a couple of months, so… continue…

Get Ready for a Virtual Future

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When virtual reality (VR) first became a buzzword in the early 90’s, we seemed destined for a world full of headsets and totally immersive content – then that future evaporated and we were left with naught but bitter disappointment. What happened? Early VR systems suffered from three fatal flaws: They were really heavy, really expensive and there was a serious lack of applicable content. The impact was never in question, the reactions of attendees of “fine art” installations by earlier… continue…

3D Printing Solves Your Christmas Gift Conundrum

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3D printing continues to generate a lot of buzz as people come up with more ways to use it to create everything from pens that let you draw in 3D, to 3D printed prosthetics, even 3D food (as if there’s any other kind.). Today, let’s get into the details on an application of you may not have heard about yet. Let’s just say it’s not only cool, it might take care of your Christmas shopping, too.  

Is Apple More Fashion-Conscious Than We Think?

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Apple being Apple, it’s determined to hit the runway with wearable devices that will make Google Glass look like those cardboard glasses people used to watch 3D movies in the 50s. Since low power usage is critical to the success of wearable devices, the company’s acquisition of low-power chipmaker Passif Semiconductor is another step down that trail. It makes me wonder: Will we see Apple fashion divas working side-by-side with Apple engineers? The notion may not be much of a… continue…